The Spice Must Flow
January 25, 2009 12:43 AM Subscribe
(Some links NSFW) Any down on their luck stoner is familiar with so called, "legal bud"
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Herbs of all kinds have been marketed online to the connectionless or legally restricted that offered a marijuana like high without the legal consequences. Everyone knows they are all scams.
It might surprise you, that some were not. Commonly sold under the names Spice
, mixtures of herbs sprayed with synthetic cannabinoid substances such as HU-210
have been available online for at least the past four years.
This thriving grey market has recently come to a grinding halt.
Spice was listed as containing a varying mix of herbal ingredients,
some of which could plausibly offer a psychoactive experience. The government in Frankfurt was not convinced that the listed ingredients could account for the reported THC
like effects. A study was commissioned
that revealed the presence of an unlisted ingredient, a synthetic cannabinoid.
Several nations were quick to enact bans
. In the United States, a shipment of spice was intercepted by customs agents.
Tests of the material confirmed the presence of HU-210, which is illegal under the Analog Act
Spice, and similar products, in a matter of weeks have been made near impossible to find. This is a rare, sweeping victory in the War on Drugs
Will these synthetic cannabinoids never be heard from again, despite potential promise in medical research?
Will they be demonized out of our medical culture like their mother drug
Will other individuals find a way to stealthily market similar compounds to those just looking for fun?
Time will tell.